From Thomas Lee Shippen
Berne 14th August 1788
My very dear Sir
I did not expect to have had the honor of writing to you before I reached Geneva, and it is principally to implore your protection for a parcel of letters which I have finished for America that I have determined to take that liberty. It is a parcel for which I am very anxious to ensure a speedy passage and you will oblige me Sir infinitely by procuring it. If the British Packet should sail sooner than the French I must beg you to send it by that, and if any opportunity present itself before either, to send it by that opportunity, provided it be a good and a safe one. I am extremely sensible of the weight of my obligations to you, and shall never forget them. The letters of recommendation have added much to your former favors, and I am sure I shall have a thousand additional reasons when I deliver to thank you for them. At present I am on the wing for Geneva where I expect to pass a fortnight at least from this time. My address will therefore be poste restante at Geneva. However from that place I shall have the honor of writing to you again and assuring you as I do now with the greatest cordiality and sincerity that I am very much your devoted and affectionate servant,
Thos. Lee Shippen
RC (DLC); endorsed. The enclosed parcel of letters has not been identified, but one of them was evidently that of 31 July 1788 to his father, Dr. William Shippen, which TJ enclosed in his to Trumbull, 24 Aug. 1788.